I caught the very first episode of the new tv show Skins on MTV. Yes, it shocked me. It also made me realize that teens growing up in today’s world face so many challenges that many adults do not fully understand. Some adults may not wish to know of this or even try to cope with today’s youth’s reality. If you are a parent, you need to. Here is an unbiased article about Skins from a long time fan of MTV.
First, lets address the issues in this show. Sex, drugs, rock and roll, well, doesn’t that bring back memories? Nothing new, here, actually. The intriguing thing is that this show portrays today’s views on these subjects. A shocker? Well, come out from under that rock you have been hiding under. I am now over the shock and moving on. To the opportunities that this show presents. Watch it with your teen. It gives a great moment to address what they have experienced, in their lives, without being nosy and seeming pushy. If you attempt to really watch this show, it will and can be a bridge to talk about deep and important issues with your teen. That is, if you have the time. And, a sense of humor. That is a must. Hopefully, your teen has never been exposed to many of this show’s episode themes, but I am betting that some have. They are the ones who need understanding and help. You be the judge. Me, myself, I would rather know and talk about it.
A TV show is not going to change values that kids have. For the ones going through bad times, this show can be a healthy opening to discussion, if you choose to take the time. I discovered that Skins originally was a wildly popular teen tv show in the UK. Created by a father and son team, it was a big hit. I think MTV was wise to spot it’s potential in the US. The creators write and executive produce. I love that. I have compared this show to AMC’s Breaking Bad. Shock and humor, mixed with real life possible situations. A bit of great music thrown in. A winner and highly entertaining and even educational, if you allow it to be.
The cast of Skins has so impressed me and they bare totally natural and brilliant talent. Acting in the element of Baltimore, Maryland and being real. My favorite cast members are Tony, Stanley and Cadie. Tony is played by James Newman. His part is the popular and very cool high school kid. He seems to have it all. Stanley is played by Daniel Flaherty. He is long haired, cool, shy and still learning. His naive charm just wins most over and he actually has a band, in real life. Cadie is played by Britne Oldford. He character is sweet, sad, pretty, messed up, and so intriguing. A teen life lesson living. Other cast members include Michelle, played by Rachel Thevenard, Abbud, played by Ron Mustafaa, Tea played by Sofia Black-D’Elia, Daisy, played by Camille Cresencia-Mills, Chris, played by Jesse Carere and Eura, played by Eleanor Zichy. The teen cast is great, but there are also parents, teachers and other cast members in this show that bring acting to a phenomenal point. They deserve kudos.
Yes, episodes are about drugs, near death, life, music, partying, high school life and sex. They are also about hard life lessons learned. A teen life is worth saving. That point is clear and the startling reality brings knowledge to many that need it. See Stanley take his father’s beloved car on a joy ride, trying to help his friends. The car catches on fire. Stanley’s dad is not amused. He sends Stanley to court to face the music. The judge delivers a starting message to Stanley’s dad. They dismiss the case. The judge tells Stanley’s dad that the court is not there to do the parent’s parenting for them. They have real crimes to worry about. Stanley’s dad and Stanley both learn an important lesson in life, together. Love hurts and the parents need to pay attention. When Stanley learns that his dad is going through his own hell, namely, Stanley’s mom leaving him, they both actually talk to one another. Not a bad message. Pain is lessened by family who shares the burden. It can get better.
Skins also has another cool trick in it’s production. The music. They play songs from artists that many folks have never heard of. Good music. I am going to name some of the bands here. Aquadrop, Men, My toys like me, Lucius, The Uniques, Young Man, Night Eyes, Phaeleh, Freddie Gibbs, 3D Friends, Miniature Tigers, Kryptic Minds, Houses, Mesita, Superthriller, Phantogram and even Stevie Wonder. Wow. Really moving music that is now and here. There are more bands but, my space is limited here. I will get to you, I am sure. This show does showcase very good music.
Skins airs on MTV on Monday nights at 10 p.m. and if you dare, check it out. A fresh and scary look into now but, lots of emotion, learning and heart is there, as well. Remember that. Maybe it is a reality check that many parents need. You can choose to be blind and ignore or protest this show. Or you can choose to watch and learn something. Contrary to popular belief, this is no porn show or even close. Skins are shown but, no nudity. This show has a mature audience warning and that is enough. So, don’t be afraid of Skins. It is nothing that most have not seen already. The difference is that it is startling shock reality to those who refuse to realize that their kids look at much worse every day on the internet. You can hate or love this show. I love it. It may even save a life or cause a parent to talk to their kid about serious issues. That, my friend, is priceless.
Bravo to MTV and the entire cast of skins, USA. A slice of real teen drama, in a TV series. My only problem with MTV is that they need to show more music videos. I only see new music videos after one or two at night and I miss music television. We need to see the new music videos in the daytime, too. Still, I do appreciate great shows like Real World, Jersey Shore, Teen Mom and Skins. Thanks, MTV, for keeping it real. Now, if we just could get more rocking going on. Rock on!